Pinning=Winning

Hello my friends!  So a friend gave me a brilliant idea the other day, which I somehow hadn’t really thought to do before…

You know those mornings (days, nights…) where you stare at your closet full of clothes and have nothing to wear?  Story of my LIFE!  Sure, I save things from 8th grade, but I also know I have some cute new(ish) stuff in there that I don’t ever wear.  Next time this happens to you… turn to PINTEREST.  I have always used Pinterest for the pretty pictures and simply pinning things I like or maybe hope to buy…or just as a day dreaming mechanism when thinking about my future home, the summertime, traveling, etc.  But my friend told me she always looks at it when she is trying to think of something to wear, by searching for something she currently owns in her closet.  So say you have a striped long sleeve shirt – search striped shirt in Pinterest and BAM! Endless ideas on how to style it.  It’s like your own personal stylist right at your fingertips.  You may all be reading this thinking I am a moron for not already doing this… but hey!  I’m posting it anyways!

Check out these cute outfit ideas that are totally doable with some closet staples…

T-shirt + blazer + statement necklace = Cute idea!

Todays outfit. Chilly weather. jcrew sweater, Ralph Lauren gingham, spring anorak. #outfitoftheday #work #jcrew #anorak #ralphlauren #style

casual layers

white blazer and T, leathers

Necklace stacking | white jeans | brown sandals | simple gray T

this look. everyday

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nautical stripe sweater + chambray  shirt = classic street chic

:: winter whites ::

ripped jeans

Shopping in your own closet is not only satisfying but economical!  It can also help you realize the things you’re missing from your wardrobe and help you avoid making unnecessary purchases.

XOXO
Meg

Sun Kissed

So given the beautiful weather we’ve been dealing with here in New England (UGH) and my increasingly white winter “glow”, I thought I would share some of my top finds in the sunless tanner department.  The trick to self tanner is using it subtly so that you don’t turn out looking like La Lohan.  While there are several ways you can go wrong using sunless tanning products, they have come a long way and now there are some great options which give you just enough of a boost to avoid the winter blues and premature aging at the same time.

Sunless Tanner - Prep

With sunless tanner comes exfoliating.  First of all, you don’t want to have those God awful streaks we’ve all experienced (first hand or otherwise) and secondly, it will help absorb the color more thoroughly by eliminating dead skin cells.  Not to mention, you should be doing this regularly anyways. The Modern Friction face exfoliator by Origins is like a micro-dermabrasion without the cost ($38.50 people!). While you should only use it a couple of times a week, it does not damage or micro-tear the skin like the very popular, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which we all had learned to love (think again!).  The Origins Salt Rub is like your very own spa treatment in the shower between the smell and texture – heavenly!  You can use it every day or a few times a week depending on your preference (and time), and you will notice after one use how soft it makes your skin.  Make sure to towel off completely before applying any of the below products and do not, I repeat, do not, put on other lotions prior.  Ok, moving on…

Sunless Tanner - Face

Alright ladies, now we have a few options when it comes to the face as I know a lot of people are hesitant (myself included) to put on anything semi-permanent on the mug.  The first, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which by the way I am aware is extremely well-known (not trying to reinvent the wheel here), but still worth mentioning, adds great coverage for winter while also giving you a natural glow which is unmatched from other tinted moisturizers.  Next stop – Sisley Sun Glow Gel.  Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge (at $92), but mixed with a little of your every day lotion, provides a natural glowing bronzed complexion, which you don’t get from a tinted moisturizer.  Think more of a sheer tone vs. matte coverage.  Moving on, the Clarins Instant Tanning Gel is the absolute best semi-permanent option, which is the closest to the discontinued Bobbi Brown Sunless Tanning Gel (gone but not forgotten…) that I have been able to find.  The thick consistency makes it fool-proof and I have yet to see a streak.  The color usually lasts for a few days and is a great pick-me-up after looking in the mirror to see Casper staring back at you (story of my life).

Sunless Tanner - Body

I am letting you in on a secret here…Prtty Peaushun.  You know how every model and actress seem to be glowing from head to toe in every photograph and you just convince yourself that they were blessed with a gene that the rest of the population was not?  Well, after reading this little post on Molly Sims blog, I realized they’ve been hiding something from us for all of these years.  Look no further!  Glowing toned skin is here.  While the name is a bit confusing, you can get your hands on it here for $39 (I like to think a little goes a long way) and avoid mistyping it into Google.  Ok now, I don’t even know how to begin on the St. Tropez gradual tan lotion, because it is an absolute miracle worker.  You can put it on in the morning and it smells AMAZING and gives you a lasting bronzed all over glow, I would categorize this as a must-buy.   The “tan” lasts about a week and fades like a natural tan…you’re welcome!  For a little bit of a riskier tan without the sun, Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning is very affective and gives you a very natural looking tan without being overbearing.  You definitely need to be more careful given the light texture of the lotion, but as long as you exfoliate and take your time applying, you will love the results!

Hope this brightened your day!  A vacation to St. Tropez would still be better, but I will take what I can get…

XOXO
Meg

Easy healthy dinner: Salmon and Crispy Kale

Ok, so I am just as guilty as anyone in the fact that I get takeout way too often and have definitely been in hibernation mode lately. (It’s just winter weight, right?…)  But when I promise myself [on a weekly basis] that I will cook more to save money and eat healthier, I usually muster up the energy to actually make a healthy meal.  One easy solution for anyone facing these same hardships is this super easy, simple and healthy dinner below…

Salmon with Crispy Kale and Quinoa

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Ingredients (for one):

4 oz fresh salmon filet

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 bunch of kale

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper

1/2 cup quinoa

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.  Marinate salmon in mustard, soy sauce and maple syrup and put to the side.  Depending on the quinoa used [follow box instructions], pour 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup quinoa in a pot and boil for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed.  Wash and dry kale and cut out stems and rip into large pieces.  Place kale in large mixing bowl and rub with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Once kale is “marinated” spread out on cookie sheet (if not a non-stick, cover pan in tinfoil) and place in oven.  Cook until browning and crisping occurs – about 10 minutes, flip kale and then cook another 10 minutes on the other side.  Once kale is done, place salmon in oven and cook for 15 minutes.  Once salmon is cooked through, quinoa is ready and kale is crisped, season with salt and pepper (if preferred) and serve! See? Easy!

What are your go-to recipes during the work week (or otherwise)?  I would love more ideas on quick, easy and healthy dinners!

XOXO
Meg

PS – Crispy kale is a great alternative to salty foods like potato chips or french fries… for anyone else out there with a salt problem.

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Dainty Duds

Anyone who knows me is aware, I love me some costume jewelry.  Chunky necklaces and big bold earrings are always a go-to and anything with COLOR typically draws me in like a kid to a candy store.  But lately, I have been absolutely LOVING the layering trend: long dainty necklaces, mixed with short barely there necklaces and earrings that can (and have) slip through the cracks (or holes).  I have friends who have always rocked this style and I have always admired their ability to keep it simple (something I clearly struggle with).  A few simple gold necklaces are not only feminine but also sexy, in a nonchalant/not trying kind of way.  While you can find some fakey pieces at your local street corner vendor or costume jewelry store, buying real gold or silver can be the better investment for those timeless pieces you want to live in (think, no tarnishing or having the daily clasp battle – you know what I’m talking about).  Here are some of the best options I ran into during my hunt for the perfect dainty dud to get my new style off to the right start…

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HomeN-RectLong E_StapleEarrings BR_Arrow2 N-CarrieGF BEADCHAINRGPAVENUGGETNECKLACE

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Ginette_NY necklace

Ginette_NY earrings

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Ah-mazing!  I want them all.  What do you all think?  Would you try the layering look?  I think the key is to do 2-3 at differing lengths with a similar chain.  It’s so fun to experiment and I am now dreaming about the Vale “Carrie necklace” (How can we forget the Petrovsky sparkler).

Have a great start to the week!

XOXO

Meg